La Forge de Tart 2018 Premier Cru

Notwithstanding a very cold week in March where temperatures oscillated between -5°C and -9°C, winter and Spring were very mild in 2018.

That said, bud burst occurred on 16th April, about 6-8 days later than normal. These warm temperatures were accompanied by significant rainfall. These wet and warm conditions encouraged very quick vegetative growth and required attentive work in the vineyard to keep pace with this development.

The flowering took place early, quickly and evenly and the vines were fully in bloom on 1st June.

From mid-June onwards the weather changed. Whilst temperatures remained high, very dry conditions were experienced with only 47mm of rain in July and 13mm in August. Thanks to plentiful water reserves in the soil, vine growth continued.

A green harvest was carried out on 16th July before the colour change got underway at the end of the month. Unlike other less-fortuitous areas, the berries ripened without hinderance despite the scorching heat.

Due to the favourable conditions throughout the cycle, an early harvest was forecast. We started picking on 30th August and continued harvesting non-stop until 3rd September. The harvested crop was very healthy and showed no signs of grey rot so very little sorting was required.

La Forge de Tart 2018 Premier Cru

Vintages

Characteristics

- Bud burst: 16th April

- Full bloom: 1st June

- Harvest: 30th August - 3rd September

- Source: 3 plots of 0.68 ha

- % of whole bunches: 100% destemmed

- ABV: 14.1%

- Ageing: 50% new oak

- Bottling: April 2020

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